If you’re going to plan a city break anywhere in the UK, it has to be London. There’s something about the hustle and bustle of this capital city that makes London a fantastic place to spend time in. Whether you’re planning a girlie weekend away or a romantic break, London is the perfect place.The only downside to this amazing city is that it’s packed full of so many things to see and do, that it can be overwhelming. However, if you do your research before your trip and plan out an itinerary, you can ensure that you make the most of every second.
Want some ideas for the best ways to make the most of your trip - here’s everything that you need to know:
Often, the trickiest part of visiting London is getting your head around the transport system. Driving in London is a massive waste of time as you’ll end up spending hours stuck in traffic. The best way to get around London is via tube or bus. However, getting to grips with these transport systems can be tricky.
The best thing to do is download a tube and London bus app onto your phone so that you’ve got them to hand whenever you need them. To keep travel costs low, it’s a good idea to buy a visitor Oyster card - it’s more than worth the cost. Oh, and to make getting around the city easier, aim to stay as close to a main tube line as possible.
Be selective about your accommodationOn that note, it’s time to talk accommodation. To make getting around easier, choose to stay somewhere that’s close to a tube station or bus stop. Or somewhere that’s right in the city centre so that you can get around by foot or via Boris Bike.
It’s also wise to pick somewhere to stay that’s affordable but also of a high-quality. London hotels can be extremely pricey. However, there are often deals on sites like Wowcher, which can help you save money on your accommodation costs. Or, another option is to use AirBnB to find an apartment or room that you and your travel buddies could rent.
Get an idea of the best places to dine and drink
Before your trip, it’s wise to get an idea of the best places to eat and drink. Look out for places that are close to your accommodation, as well as restaurants and bars in popular areas like Covent Garden. Use TripAdvisor to determine the best places to eat. If there’s a certain cuisine you love, you can look for the best eateries for that food type. For example, to find the best Lebanese restaurant in London, all you need to do is search TripAdvisor.If you’re stuck for ideas of the best places to eat, Covent Garden has some amazing eateries, as does Chinatown and Soho. If you have friends or family who live in London, ask them for recommendations of the best places to eat. Often, the places that locals choose to eat at serve the most amazing food.
Plan your itinerary for each day
When it comes to planning out each day, you may struggle to choose what to do, as there are so many options. From museums and art galleries to attractions like Madame Tussauds, the London Duck Tour and Hyde Park. If you want to ensure that your trip is as affordable as possible, it’s best to book tickets beforehand. That way, you can take advantage of online discounts.
For an exciting weekend away, London really is the perfect place.